A great give a way
My friend Suzie Eller had the devotion for the Proverbs 31 Ministry today. It was awesome by the way. She had a follow-up post on her blog and is giving away 100 copies of her book!!
Hop over and get in on the fun.
Thanks for being obedient Suzie.


A great opportunity for speaking training
Do you teach a small group or speak to full arenas? It really doesn't matter, because all we God-girls who desire to make Jesus famous want to make our messages clear, sharp and effective.
Amy Carroll and Karen Ehman have teamed in Next Step Speaker Services to give individual support, encouragement and feedback to speakers in any setting.
Next Step Speaker Services can help you with:

  • Message Development
  • Message Evaluation
  • Creating Compelling Marketing
  • Ministry Organization
So check out the Next Step Speaker Website which includes a place to subscribe to a free weekly speaking tip.

Amy or Karen would love a chance to curl up in a cozy chair with some coffee and chat with you about your next step in speaking ministry. Also, don't miss the opportunity to win a free service of your choice with a value up to $195 if you subscribe or fill out a survey!!

A different Season
Hi to everyone. I know it has been a while since I have posted. I apologize. It has been an interesting year at our household since She Speaks 2009. I wrestled with God on stepping back and entering a quiet season. I fought it all the way to She Speaks 2010.

Now that this years conference has passed, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am to step back for a season and be with my husband and kids. This means no speaking and very little working outside the house. I say very little because, I am still going to do the four or five medical screenings with the retired NFL players to keep my skills up to date. I am a firm believer in not giving the enemy a place to creep in, and if I were to loose my working skills and Allan's company hit a down time it could be difficult to help.

I would ask for your prayers at this time to really be content with the place I am walking through and to receive all that God needs to impart in me.

I am continually praying for all of you. I will post periodically to update and share what I am learning.


The Mailbox; A novel by Marybeth Whalen
I am including a video clip about Marybeth Whalen's new and first fiction novel. I was able to get a copy from her to take with me on our beach trip this week. My daughter grabbed it from me and would not put it down. She read it in 2 days. I was next and read it in one sitting. It has been passed through many of our group here at the beach house. Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the book, including my 14 year old son...

I recommend getting a copy.

I am leaving my copy here at the beach rental house for the next visitors to enjoy.

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Some other ideas to get to She Speaks
I am overwhelmed by all the comments and stories all of us recieved for the contest. My heart cries and would love to help each one get there. Congratulations to our winner (see the Proverbs 31 site).

Today Marybeth Whalen is running some ideas for raising funds to get to the conference. Click on her name and see what it up.

I am continuing to pray for each of you.


She Speaks Scholarship
This is so exciting. We are doing a tour of blogs today to help you possibly fulfill your desire to be a speaker and attend She Speaks this year. We will share a little about how we knew we were called and what She Speaks was like for us, then leave us your comments.

It was 1996 and I had helped Lysa at a few speaking events, each time I would come away with a desire to do that too. God answered, Lysa asked me to consider helping with speaking, and said I would need some training. At that time She Speaks was not birthed yet. I attended CLASS along with my husband and we began speaking and teaching when the opportunities arose. When Proverbs developed She Speaks I was blown away by the way He ministered to me on a level much greater than just speaking tips. It has been an honor to be a part of this ministry and to see the way God has worked through all of the ladies. It gets better each year.

I found many resources to help along the way. One excellent resource is Marybeth Whalen's book. You can order this and many others at the Proverbs 31 Site.

Now i
ts your turn. Briefly tell us what winning would mean to you in answering God's call to speak.

You have until midnight on Friday to post comments. Since all other scholarship “contests” have been for writers (Cec Murphey mentors writers), this one contest will be geared toward speakers.

Rules: This is for women who have never attended She Speaks. And, it is for women who would otherwise not be able to attend. If you can afford the conference – please do not enter to win a scholarship.

A winner will be randomly chosen from all comments. The winner will be announced on Monday.

Be sure to leave comments on everyone's blogs. Here is the list below.

Lysa www.lysaterkeurst.com

Wend B www.wendyblight.com

Shari www.sharibraendel.com

Micca www.miccacampbell.com

Whitney www.whitneycapps.blogspot.com

Amy www.amycarrollp31.blogspot.com

Melanie www.melaniechitwood.com

Lynn www.lynncowell.blogspot.com

Karen www.karenehman.com

Suzie www.tsuzanneeller.com

Zoe www.zoeelmore.blogspot.com

Sharon www.sharonglasgow.com

Charlene www.charlenekidd.blogspot.com

Tracie www.traciemiles.blogspot.com

Rachel www.rachelolsen.com

Wendy P www.wendypope.blogspot.com

Luann www.luannprater.com

Susanne www.susannescheppmann.blogspot.com

Renee www.reneeswope.com

Melissa www.melissataylor.org

Van www.vanwalton.blogspot.com

Marybeth www.marybethwhalen.com

Glynnis www.glynniswhitwer.blogspot.com

LeAnn www.leannrice.com

She Seeks www.sheseeks.org

She Reads www.shereads.org

RadRev www.radrevolution.org


Cool She Speaks Give A Way

This is being featured on Glynnis's blog.

Have you ever had a dream?

A dream that you tucked deep in your heart, and were afraid to even speak it?

Every year women come to the Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks Conference <http://www.shespeaksconference.com/> with just such dreams. It may be a dream to write, or speak. It may be a dream to lead a women's Bible study, or start a ministry to unwed mothers.

As the director of the writer's track at She Speaks, I meet women every year who are wondering if they have what it takes to write. They might think the dream is foolish ... because who would read what they have to say? But the dream beats so hard in their chest they just had to come to the conference.

However, they tenderly protect that dream, even as they put themselves out there for all the world to see.

Is that you? Do you have a dream to write but haven't taken the first step?

Or have you been writing for awhile but know God is prompting you to take the next step in your writing journey?

Today, I have the privilege of announcing a contest to help someone take that next step of obedience in their dream to write.

Thanks to the generosity of author extraordinaire, Cecil Murphey, I will be giving away one scholarship to attend the She Speaks 2010 Conference, held

July 30-August 1 in Concord, North Carolina. If you haven't heard of Cecil

Murphy's amazing newsletters for writers, you'll want to click here <http://themanbehindthewords.com/> to subscribe for free! While you are there, spend some time reading about Cec. He's coming to the conference and will be speaking to all the writers, and meeting one-on-one for some informal coaching.

And to win it, all you have to do is write an article that would be appropriate for publication in the P31 Woman Magazine. We'll pick one article as the winner. In addition to winning the scholarship, we'll also publish that article in the magazine. Kind of like icing on the best cake you have ever eaten!

We may also select some honorable mentions, and will publish those if we do.

So - how do you win this amazing prize? Here are the rules for the She Speaks Scholarship Contest:

1. You must not have attended She Speaks in past years.

2. Write a 500-1000 word article that would be appropriate for publication in the P31 <http://www.proverbs31.org/p31womanmagazine/P31WomanMagazine.php>

Woman Magazine. See the guidelines on the link to the magazine, and see archived feature articles for a sample of our style.

3. Only enter one (1) article per person.

4. You can either attach the article in a Word document or include it in the email. Include a creative title and your name.

5. Email the article to me at editor@proverbs31 on or before Thursday April 15, 2010 at midnight.

6. If you have a blog, please help us promote the She Speaks Conference by writing about this contest and linking to the She Speaks Conference

<http://www.shespeaksconference.com/> site. If you want to post the She

Speaks button on your site, feel free to copy it. But it is not a requirement.

7. The winner of this contest will be awarded a scholarship for the cost of one person's registration for the 2010 She Speaks conference.

The value of this scholarship is $575 which includes your conference materials, conference registration, 2 nights at the conference hotel and meals associated with the conference. Please note it does not include any travel expenses. Also, you will be assigned a roommate or you have the option to pay the extra charge for a private room. This scholarship is transferable, but only for someone who has not attended the conference. It cannot be traded for cash.

Your article will be evaluated by the P31 Woman editing team, and we will announce the winner on April 21st.

This is the first year we have scholarships to offer, and we are thanking

God and Cecil Murphey for this opportunity. Please pray about what to

submit. And, if you aren't a writer, please send a note to someone you know who is.

Good luck to everyone.

About Me
I am taking some time away from speaking to glean more from God and draw closer to Him. I need to be at home more with my children for a season. I will continue to post on my blog and update you all. I covet your prayers during this new season.
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